Let your garden grow!

Let your garden grow!

The RSPB is asking people to put down the shears, let their gardens grow and embrace the benefits this can bring.

Advisors at the RSPB are entering one of their busiest times of year as phone calls flood in about people embarking on over-enthusiastic garden clearance during the bird breeding season, which runs right through to August. Instead of rushing to cut back shrubs and trees, which can cause birds to abandon their nests, the RSPB is asking people to put down the shears, let their gardens grow and embrace the benefits this can bring.

RSPB Wildlife Advisor Ben Andrew says, “A little bit of untidiness is good for all sorts of bugs and birds and there are many other benefits to delaying your garden clearance. You’ll not only save yourself time and effort but you’ll also protect nature whilst doing so.

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“You can provide a home for many fascinating creatures if you leave your garden to grow a little wild. Hedgehogs, bumblebees, frogs, bats and butterflies are amongst those that might be likely to pay you a visit. You’ll also be offering a safe haven for nesting birds, valuable food for insects and a home for other wildlife such as mammals and reptiles.”

For advice on how to build a wildlife-friendly garden or open space, go to https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/makeahomeforwildlife/givenatureahomeinyourgarden/

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